Thomasville Times Enterprise

January 21, 2014

Burnam named to SWGTC faculty

Staff report

THOMASVILLE — Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) officials have  named Joe Burnam the Land, Forest, Wildlife Management Program Director.

In his new role, Burnam is responsible for coordinating all curriculum/coursework, advising students in the program, instructing courses, and recruiting new students.

“Joe Burnam is a native of our college’s service region. He has expert knowledge about the needs of the land, forest, wildlife management employers. I am confident Joe will advance our land, forest, wildlife management program to the next level,” commented Dennis Lee, SWGTC dean of Academic Affairs.

Burnam earned his bachelor of science in education with a specialization in recreation resource management from the University of Georgia where he also received a master of science in forest resources, wildlife ecology and management. With over 10 years of experience in the wildlife and forest services field, Burnam has worn many hats. Most recently, he worked as a natural resources Biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, where he managed the federally endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) and was the state coordinator for the RCW Safe Harbor Program. In addition, he served as the Nongame Conservation Section representative for the Forestry for Wildlife Partnership Program, and was a member of a local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) working group.

"I am excited about the opportunity to serve as faculty in the Land, Forest, Wildlife Management program here at Southwest Georgia Technical College. As a wildlife biologist with both state and private organizations, I have worked closely with private landowners, state and federal agencies, and worked to manage land for a variety of game and nongame wildlife species. I intend to utilize my field experience and enthusiasm for natural resources management to benefit the students," said Burnam.

The Land, Forest, Wildlife Management program, which began in fall 2011, prepares students for careers as managers at public and private wildlife preserves and plantations. For information, contact Burnam at (229) 227-3149 or

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto

Summer Semester begins May 19. SWGTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.